New Tech

Tue, 2 Jul 2013

UP__Plus_517b37560bb3b3D printing has been the technology of the future for a while now. At last it is becoming the technology of today. The time has come for me to explore the wonders of 3D printing and all its varied possibilities.
To that end, I’m saving up for the clumsily named Up! Plus, a printer that has come out well in the reviews I’ve read and seems to offer the accuracy and versatility that I need.
I’m planning to run this part of the website as a record of my adventures in the world of 3D printed automata, a world currently populated by practically nobody. This site will start slowly, there’s not a lot I can post until I can buy the printer but expect to see the number of posts steadily increase as I start my explorations of this promising new field. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the new techniques, limitations and possibilities that 3D printing has to offer.
This will be fun!

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Comments (4)

  • Penny January 31, 2014 at 12:31 am

    In a move that signals that 3D printing is moving closer to the mainstream, Dell announced that it will soon be offering MakerBot Replicator 3D printers and scanners to small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S.

    The MakerBot products will be offered alongside Dell’s existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, which are targeted at engineers, architects, and startups.

    Dell will begin selling MakerBot products on Feb. 20. In addition to 3D printers and scanners, Dell will also sell MakerBot filament.

    The partnership is significant for MakerBot because it signals that Dell believes that 3D printing will appeal to a much wider audience than the hobbyists who launched MakerBot as a brand. In fact, Dell business customers are primarily concerned with efficiency and cost-savings, not cool, cutting-edge technology.

    In a release, Dell said it will be carrying MakerBot products so that “our engineering customers can design and test new product concepts quickly; architects can create 3D prototypes during the design phase; and startups can experiment with new product designs and artistic models inexpensively.”

    MakerBot already has a partnership with Microsoft, which sells MakerBot printers in its Microsoft retail stores.

    The enterprise market could be the next battleground for 3D printing. HP, which is strong in traditional printing, has said that it plans to introduce a 3D printing product soon. 3D Systems, a major competitor to the Stratasys-owned MakerBot line, already has many corporate customers for its high-end 3D printers, and presumably will want to extend its reach to smaller businesses.

    After playing a starring role at the CES show in Las Vegas earlier this month, it seems as if 3D printing is ready to make the move from makerspaces to the mainstream.

  • Michael C. November 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    In reference to your mention of finding opensource options to the CAD software used in this article – I just wanted to share with you one that I was introduced to at Boise Code Camp, here in Idaho. It’s called “OpenSCAD” and was demoed for just such an application – designing 3-dimensional objects for output to a 3D printer.
    – Just in case you are interested?
    Michael C.

  • OlBadger April 2, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Rob, much like you I have been looking at 3D printing and considering the cost but have come to the conclusion that making your own from parts or at least buying a full kit of parts is far cheaper. I am most fascinated by the Delta printers which seem to be able to print particularly tall objects. There is a huge amount of open source stuff out there both for designing and for running a printer and I shall be following your progress with interest. My only problem with DIY or kit stuff is that the learning curve is steeper than one off the shelf but for a chap of your technological ability it should be quite straightforward.
    Best wishes and many thanks for your continued fascinating work.

  • Tinman February 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    By building my first printer Ihave learned how to trouble shoot the machine.
    I get calls from MakerBot users (teachers) all the time to trouble shoot their machines.

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